The term ‘Liang Yi Quan’, when literally translated, means ‘chaos’. Liang Yi is thus based on the notion of that which existed in the universe before the yin-yang balance of complementary forces came into being. Hence, while the yin-yang balance is normally represented by the taijitu, the chaos which existed before this balance came into being is reflected in the Liang Yi symbol, in which yin and yang sit part:
[picture of the taijitu and the liang yi symbol]
In appearance and style, Liang Yi Quan has been referred to as a ‘fast Tai Ji Quan’. It is a decisive, dominating and efficient form of Wushu which allows a knowledgeable practitioner to disable an opponent quickly and effectively. Liang Yi Quan in its entirety is complex (as it includes elements of Xiantian Ba Gua, Houtian Ba Gua and Hunyuan Gongfa, amongst others), and the Liang Yi pressure point system represents only a small element of this particular style of Kung Fu.
Whilst its physical origins are to be found in a combination of Tai Ji and Baguazhang, the theoretical and philosophical basis of the Liang Yi pressure point system lies in a combination of traditional Chinese medicine and the ‘Book of Changes’ (an ancient text which forms part of the basis for traditional Chinese beliefs).
Pressure point Kung Fu was first used in ancient China to protect emperors and those in the upper echelons of society. Pressure point systems have remained a closely guarded secret ever since, with many modern Wushu practitioners having never seen them demonstrated effectively. Despite this secrecy, whispers of the existence of pressure point Kung Fu have always been found in Chinese (and increasingly also Western) culture, from the oldest of legends right through to the latest movies and books.
Liang Yi pressure point has remained a secretive and little-known style for many years, taught only to an extended blood line of one family in China’s Henan province. It is only recently that Zhang Shifu, who is now sixty nine years old and the only successor to the Liang Yi pressure point system, has considered sharing his knowledge with those from beyond his extended family and inviting foreign students to train with him in the city of Zhengzhou.
Within this website potential students of the Liang Yi pressure point system will be able to find out more about the style itself, its history and origins, and the life of Zhang Shifu (the current 14th generation successor). Information on the facilities available at Liang Yi, the city of Zhengzhou and the accommodation and catering options available to potential students can be found on the Training Information page.